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Firm to reimburse vehicle owners for illegal towing

March 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Interstate/Delaware and South Towing will pay about $80,000 to owners of more than 300 vehicles unlawfully towed from the Indiana Avenue parking lot under an agreement reached with the city prosecutor.
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Councilors to introduce new smoking-ban proposal

March 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Two City-County Councilors are prepared to take another stab at enacting a stronger public smoking ban in Indianapolis. And this time they think Mayor Greg Ballard will approve.
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Mayor names two new department directors

March 15, 2012
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard on Thursday appointed new directors for the Department of Public Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation.
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Carmel councilors want final say on city's debt

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel City Councilor Eric Seidensticker on Thursday morning proposed an ordinance that would require the council to sign off on any additional debt. The ordinance is backed by at least five of the seven councilors.
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Ballard names Teach For America veteran as education deputy

March 14, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has appointed Jason Kloth as deputy mayor of education, a new cabinet-level position that reflects Ballard’s recent shift toward taking a more active role in education.
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Southport faces steep budget cuts after years of procedural errorsRestricted Content

March 10, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
New Southport Mayor Jesse Testruth and Clerk-Treasurer Diana Bossingham are sorting out years of financial woes that plagued the previous administration, including two unsatisfactory state audits that were forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for review.
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Eiteljorg, Imax seeking approval to sell liquor

February 20, 2012
Scott Olson
The two downtown attractions are among several entities that purchased permits in November and now are seeking approval from county officials to sell liquor.
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Former mayor cleared in alleged domestic dispute

February 16, 2012
Former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith has been cleared of wrongdoing in the case involving his arrest following a domestic dispute call to Washington, D.C., police last summer.
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Indianapolis Downtown Inc. leader Zahn stepping down after 19 years

February 16, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Downtown Inc. announced Thursday morning that President Tamara Zahn plans to leave her position by June. Zahn was IDI's first president and has been in the post for 19 years.
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Ameriplex development OK'd after 'soap opera' meeting

February 15, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
Over objections from Mayor Greg Ballard, the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Indy Park Ride & Fly, the city’s Metropolitan Development Commission gave the green light to a 31-acre, 3,700-spot parking lot in the Ameriplex development on the city’s west side.
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Councilor seeks review of city's TIF-district strategyRestricted Content

February 11, 2012
Cory Schouten
Brian Mahern, a Democrat on the City-County Council, plans to propose a study commission to examine the effectiveness of TIF districts, how property tax caps will affect them, and ways to increase transparency for the complicated financing vehicles.
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Ballard to veto tougher smoking-ban proposal

February 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard plans to veto a proposed ordinance that would expand the city’s public smoking ban, his spokesman confirmed Thursday.
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Statewide smoking ban passes House

January 31, 2012
Hayleigh Colombo
Even if Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard follows through on a threat to veto the tougher citywide smoking ban council members passed Monday, a similar measure still pending in the General Assembly would prohibit lighting up in public places statewide.
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Council votes to expand citywide smoking ban

January 30, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted in favor of an expanded public smoking ban Monday night. Members voted 19-9 in favor of expanding the citywide ban to include bowling alleys, hotel rooms and most bars.
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Naming-rights deal to benefit city's snow-removal efforts

January 24, 2012
The agreement calls for longtime salt supplier Cargill Inc. to give Indianapolis 125 tons of salt and five pickup trucks equipped with snow plows and salt spreaders.
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State Senate backs bill on officeholder limits

January 23, 2012
Associated Press
People who work for cities, towns or counties would no longer be allowed to hold political offices in those government units under a bill approved by the Indiana Senate.
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CIB expects to lose money during Super Bowl

January 16, 2012
Scott Olson
The Capital Improvement Board, which manages Lucas Oil Stadium, is budgeting for an $810,000 loss on expenses related to the game. The city, however, expects a $200 million economic impact.
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Indy tests its snow-removal plan for Super Bowl

January 13, 2012
Associated Press
A light snowfall that's blanketed Indianapolis is giving the city's street crews a chance to test their snow-removal strategy for the Super Bowl.
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Towing company suing city over loss of contract

January 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Interstate/Delaware & South Towing has filed suit against Indianapolis, charging breach of contract. The company, accused of numerous towing violations, faces suspension or revocation of its license.
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Neighborhood eyesore headed for demolition

December 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is soliciting bids from companies to tear down four buildings on the 16-acre Avanti Development Corp. property, which is tucked in a residential area a few miles west of downtown Indianapolis.
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Mind Trust calls for decentralizing IPS district

December 18, 2011
J.K. Wall
By gutting its central office, Indianapolis Public Schools could free up $188 million to provide universal preschool, to pay key teachers more than $100,000 a year and to transform itself into a network of autonomous “opportunity” schools.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Waltons give $1 million to Mind Trust charter incubator

December 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
The $1 million grant from the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation will fund a team that will open its first charter school in the 2013-2014 school year as part of what the group hopes will become a network of high-performing charter schools.
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Celadon plans expansion, $3.4M office building

December 16, 2011
Scott Olson
Celadon Group Inc. is seeking tax abatements from the city to build a $3.4 million office building at its far-east-side headquarters. The local trucking firm plans to hire 100 more employees by 2016.
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City announces street closures for Super Bowl

December 15, 2011
Several streets in downtown Indianapolis, including part of Monument Circle and those surrounding Lucas Oil Stadium, will be closed in the few weeks leading up to the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

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  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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